We continue to hear from instructors who are examining or using the Heath Anthology of American Literature for the first time. Here is a sampling of the comments we've received recently.
"Students in my upper-division American literature courses
form their own reading lists. They develop these lists largely by examining
six anthologies of American literature, which I have placed on reserve
in the library. You may be interested to know that the students, without
any prompting from me, rely more on the Heath Anthology than any
other. They respond both to the selections and the editorial introductions
"Teaching from the Heath Anthology is a high-risk,
high-reward venture, fully worth the effort. My students are deeply engaged
in the material, motivated, and responsive. I find myself learning as much
as `instructing.' The whole classroom experience has been transformed."
"The Heath Anthology of American Literature sets the
standard for inclusiveness among anthologies. It opens up new ground for
defining American literature."
"For meeting the demands of diversity and ethnicity and minority
contributions to the canon, Heath is the one!"
"I am delighted to find an inclusive text for American literature
"Splendid on non-canonical American literature. The appearance
of the Heath Anthology has allowed us to offer two new American
literature courses in new canon literature."
"The anthology allows and the newsletter encourages the instructor
and the student to "major in the minors." I should prefer a text
which would be limited to the "major" authors in American literature
and thus a less expensive one. The editors yield to the pressures of trying
to represent the culture and views of little fragmented groups (to be everything
to everybody.) It is therefore almost useless to me and representative
of what I consider to be wrong with the current trend."
"You've done a laudatory job of expanding the canon-my congratulations."
"I really appreciate the ethnic and gender variety in the
Anthology. It keeps me interested because I can read material I
haven't seen or taught before.
"I love the new anthologies and can't wait to teach courses
with them when my rotation allows."
"On selections I generally agree with The Nation.
On scholarship The New Criterion is right on the money."
"I am interested, but need a compact edition. (Can we blow
away the canon in one semester?)"
"The Heath Anthology represents a major contribution
to the study of a multicultural American literature."